December 02, 2011
making cookies in december
Have I ever mentioned how much I love baking? There's just something about the measuring and dumping, the sound of the mixer, and the smells that make me want to do it over and over. Lately, it's been cookies, because that's what everyone likes and they're easy for a quick evening snack. Plus, a lot is made from a little, because when seven kids see cookies, they don't last very long.
I love the way the kids crowd into the kitchen when they hear the clank of measuring cups and the oven heating up. They peek in the bowl, and, yes, try to sneak a pinch of dough. (It never works, because I'm always watching...mwahaha.) But even as the last cookies were dropped on the pan, I might have given the little ones a small bite. (I may or may not have given myself a few bites too. I'm not telling.) It tasted good uncooked, but it tasted even better cooked. Here is the recipe, adapted from this.
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in. Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Then, stir in the chocolate chips until evenly distributed. Using a standard-size cookie scoop of tablespoon, drop dough onto prepared baking sheet. *Bake for 16 minutes. Let cool on the sheet then transfer to a wire rack.
*A note about the baking time: The original recipe called for 8-10 minutes, but my family likes crunchier cookies, so I baked them longer. You can experiment depending on what you prefer.
Pour yourself a glass of milk and enjoy!
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posted by Olivia